A heartening “interview” with the screenwriter for the new Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie. Looks like he Gets It:
There is an intelligence at work in these books that I was trying to preserve. Douglas was a great satirist because he possessed a very real understanding of the incredibly heady concepts he was satirizing. In one interview he said that if they had had computers when he was in school and had taught computer science, that’s probably what he would have pursued. He also could have been a theoretical physicist; he was that knowledgeable on the subject. So it was important to me that that intelligence remains at the epicenter of the piece.
The thing that made HGttG unique was that despite being utterly absurd and frquently self-contradictory, Adams’ universe had a weird internal consistency to it. His inventions were kooky, but you got the idea that they were more than just plot devices to get a laugh; that he had actually thought through their ramifications like any good sci-fi author.
Jamie Zawinski on why groupware is BAD:
So I said, narrow the focus. Your “use case” should be, there’s a 22 year old college student living in the dorms. How will this software get him laid?
That got me a look like I had just sprouted a third head, but bear with me, because I think that it’s not only crude but insightful. “How will this software get my users laid” should be on the minds of anyone writing social software (and these days, almost all software is social software).
“Social software” is about making it easy for people to do other things that make them happy: meeting, communicating, and hooking up.